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GENERAL INSTRUMENT, MULTIVISION SIGN AGREEMENT FOR WORLD'S FIRST DIGITALLY COMPRESSED ENTERTAINMENT VIDEO TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT

 GENERAL INSTRUMENT, MULTIVISION SIGN AGREEMENT FOR WORLD'S FIRST
 DIGITALLY COMPRESSED ENTERTAINMENT VIDEO TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT
 CHICAGO, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- General Instrument Corporation and Multivision, a Mexico City-based program supplier, have signed an agreement that will result in the world's first entertainment video system using satellite-delivered, digitally compressed signals.
 The agreement calls for General Instrument's Jerrold and VideoCipher units to supply technology and hardware enabling Multivision to digitally encode and compress standard television program signals for transmission via satellite. The signals will then be relayed to cable systems and backyard satellite dishes throughout Mexico.
 GI's VideoCipher division will supply DigiCipher satellite digital compression encoders and decoders enabling Multivision to initially deliver six program services.
 "DigiCipher technology allows up to 10 NTSC signals to be compressed on a single satellite transponder, increasing programming options," said Ernesto Vargas, vice president of Multivision. "The robust signal characteristics of DigiCipher transmissions improve picture quality and security. We expect to dramatically improve service to our customers and take a position at the leading edge of signal transmission technology."
 "I have closely followed CableLabs' efforts in driving the development of digital compression and am impressed with the results they have achieved," said Vargas. "In fact, I credit CableLabs with moving this technology forward on a timetable that will now make it possible for me to implement it much sooner than I had hoped."
 Unlike traditional analog television signals that convert sound and images into electronic wave forms, digital transmission translates television signals into patterns of ones and zeros. DigiCipher compression technology, developed by GI's VideoCipher division, then removes redundant information from the data stream, greatly reducing the amount of the signal needed to be transmitted at any one time.
 Multivision, a Mexico City-based cable operation and program supplier, expects to implement DigiCipher transmissions by late summer. In addition to its video programming, Multivision also transmits an MMDS version of Digital Cable Radio, which provides near CD-quality audio services in Mexico City.
 General Instrument Corporation is a world leader in broadband transmission, distribution and access control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications.
 GI's DigiCipher high definition television system was the first all- digital HDTV entrant in the competition for the U.S. HDTV standard and is the first all-digital HDTV technology system to have successfully completed testing by the Federal Communications Commission.
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 /CONTACT: Bernie Windon of General Instrument, 312-541-5030, or Ernesto Vargas of Multivision, 525-7840074/ CO: General Instrument Corporation; Multivision ST: Illinois IN: TLS SU:


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